Rahul Dravid declines honorary doctorate from Bangalore University
Former India captain Rahul Dravid on Wednesday turned down the honorary doctorate Bangalore University wanted to confer on him. He informed the university that he wants to "earn a doctorate degree" rather than receiving an honorary one.
"While thanking the university for recognizing him, (Dravid) has in all humility declined to accept the honorary degree," Vice-Chancellor B Thimme Gowda. "He has conveyed that he would try to earn a doctorate degree by accomplishing some form of academic research in the field of sport rather than receiving an honorary degree."
This comes a day after Karnataka Governor and Bangalore University Chancellor Vajubhai R Vala approved conferment of an honorary doctorate on Dravid at the university's 52nd annual convocation scheduled to be held on January 27. The university had recommended three personalities for honorary doctorate, of which the Governor had finalized Dravid. The university has not revealed the names of the other two.
It may be noted that Dravid did not show up at Gulbarga University's 32nd convocation in 2014 even though he was among 12 personalities shortlisted for an honorary doctorate.